I have had the privilege of being briefed on the updated plans for the restaurant brands of the recently created Cowboys and Cooks hospitality and restaurant operations and consultancy group, to initially consist of 18 restaurants. 
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The 34th Cape Winemakers Guild Auction achieved a record R10,6 million in sales on Saturday, held at the Spier Conference Centre, with wines of the wine industry greats sold and bid for by top wine collectors, including a mix of hospitality and private buyers.  (more…)

Every winter is a tough time for the restaurant industry. With the dip in Tourism due to the water shortage, and the early and continued winter rains, the restaurants in Cape Town and the Winelands have felt the pinch, and many have closed down. We have experienced our first Summer weekend in the Cape, and more tourists can be seen and heard in our city. Will this mean a welcome boost for the restaurant trade? The new Cowboys & Cooks restaurant group is super optimistic, and plans to open more than twenty restaurants in the Cape Town area. 

Chef Richard Carstens has left Tokara Restaurant, after an eight year tenure, one of our most creative and hard-working chefs, in researching and implementing international food trends. Chef Richard has not yet announced his future plans, but initially is taking a break.  (more…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to Maison J Café et Croissant in Camps Bay. The coffee and croissant outlet and coffee shop opened just as I moved to Camps Bay almost three months ago, and has been a haven of exceptional service. Every day that I have been there to have a cappuccino, which is almost daily, necessitating a walk and eliminating the need to drive elsewhere for my daily fix, co-owner David Chait and/or Operations Manager Guy have been at the outlet, with one exception. Not being partial to paper cups, I have been allowed to bring my own cup for my dry cappuccino which is made (more…)

While the wine industry is centered in the Western Cape, and the province has the reputation for having the country’s best restaurants, it is two Gauteng restaurants which won the inaugural 2018 Diners Club ICON Winelist Awards.  (more…)

Last night Chef Jenny Morris launched her latest cookbook ‘Yumcious by Jenny Morris’, at her newest Yumcious Café, in Durbanville. Her cookbook cover is as colorful as she is! (more…)

The 2018 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards will be announced at a Gala Lunch at GrandWest on Sunday 18 November. In a media statement Eat Out has announced details of the prestigious event. (more…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to Goodluck, a South African electro music band, which played at La Parada Constantia Nek last Sunday, to thousands of fans. As I dance to DJ René Tanguy at the venue every Sunday, this was a surprise change, and an initial disappointment, in that I did not know the band. The singer Jules was infectious, and the producer Ben played others’ tracks too, making it a very danceable hour. I won a CD give-away, such amazing good luck… I spoke to both Ben and Jules afterwards, very lovely natural and unaffected musicians. A thanks goes to La Parada too, for organising this event, at no charge to patrons. (more…)

Earlier this week my friend Aurélie Jullien and I had lunch at Delaire Graff restaurant, as part of a two-day road trip to show her Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. For me the lunch was the highlight of our trip, not just its excellent food and wines, but also interacting with the estate GM and hearing about their new expansion plans. (more…)

It was on a visit to the newish Lindt Chocolate Studio in the Silo District in the V&A Waterfront that I saw a list of the courses which the Lindt Chocolate Studio offers. On Saturday my Parisian friend Aurélie Jullien and I attended the two-hour Macaron baking course, and we were very proud of our baking success.  We were to,d that there are only two Lindt Chocolate Studios in the world, the Cape Town one, and one in Johannesburg.  (more…)

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